Class descriptions

Drop-In Classes

All Level Yoga
All Level Yoga is an open format class in which students are expected to have the ability to pace themselves, while at the same time find inspiration from the options presented by the instructor. The style of yoga practiced in All Level Yoga is dependent on the instructor's training and yoga studies. Each All Level Yoga class presents a unique opportunity to learn about the many differences as well as similarities between various schools of yoga. It is expected that students have enough experience with yoga to understand their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Please note: All Level Yoga is not introductory level, and therefore may not be appropriate for you if you are new to yoga. If you are new to yoga or simply out of practice, we recommend our Beginning Yoga classes as the perfect place to start. Beginning Yoga offers an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of yoga without strain or risk of injury. These classes are also a great option for slowing down and simplifying your practice regardless of your experience level.

All Level ~ Kriya Hatha Yoga
Kriya Yoga is the yoga of creative manifestation. It is the path leading you to a destination of your choosing. No matter what destination you choose, the movement toward it should bring you joy and happiness. The word Kriya means “action” and is often interpreted as something that is done to cleanse or purify in order to prepare for the manifestation of a specific intention. In this Kriya Hatha Yoga practice, the action is found in postures that are meant to refine the physical and energetic body using intentional alignment, conscious breath, directed energy, and a focused mind. Skillfully interwoven throughout the practice are mantras and visual symbols related to the archetypes most commonly associated with enlightened living.

All Level ~ Yin Flow Yoga
The first part of our practice will be ‘yin’-focused; this means that we will start with where the body is RIGHT NOW. After settling into our bodies with a meditative Yin Yoga sequence, we’ll start to move gently and at a leisurely pace into a relaxed, intuitive flow that will calm the mind, soothe the body, and restore your spirit. This pairing of Yin/Vinyasa Flow will bring your body and mind to a delightful state of balance and peace. Note: This class is best suited for those with experience with vinyasa flow yoga.

Beginning Yoga
Are you curious about yoga but too intimidated to try? Have you tried yoga off and on for years, but never really felt like you ‘got it’? Do you believe you’re too old, too out-of-shape, or too stiff? Geared towards the absolute beginner, Beginning Yoga introduces the basic foundations of any yoga practice by introducing proper alignment of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and dhyana (guided meditation). Working gently, slowly, and compassionately, you will discover a renewed sense of strength, flexibility, and power of spirit.

Beginning Flow Yoga
Beginning Flow Yoga is an exploration of basic yoga postures that flow from one to the other and are linked with conscious breath. By directing careful attention to breath, alignment and mindfulness, you will experience a sense of spaciousness in which you are absorbed in the process of your action. The direct result of a Beginning Flow Yoga class is increased strength, flexibility and a relaxed, yet alert mind.

Moonlight Restorative Yoga
Moonlight Restorative Yoga incorporates gentle yoga, acupressure, and restorative postures that are fully supported by blankets, blocks, and other props. A perfect counterbalance to the stresses of everyday life, this practice encourages the body and mind to unwind and relieve unwanted tension and pain, balances your energy, and provides deep rejuvenation. This is what yoga is all about: stilling our fidgety bodies and calming our rambling minds so that we may rest quietly in the present moment and see clearly the peace that resides within.

Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar Yoga, created by B.K.S. Iyengar, is an innovative approach to classical hatha yoga. This style of yoga emphasizes precision and alignment while developing strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance. Sequencing of the asanas (poses) is an essential part of this practice. The use of props makes this method accessible to all, regardless of physical ability. Iyengar Yoga is well known for it's therapeutic benefits.

Beginning Level: Appropriate for students new to Iyengar Yoga. The basis of the method is taught in standing poses, Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), and other fundamental postures.

Continuing Level: Appropriate for students who are well practiced in beginning postures including Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). Basic postures are refined. Sirsasana (headstand), full arm balance, backbends, and pranayama are introduced. Note: This class is appropriate for all levels of experience.

Kids Yoga
Kids Yoga (grades K-5) is a playful class that creatively introduces kids to yoga. All students are encouraged to explore and discover the mind/body connection through fun and interactive games and partner play. Visualization and breathing exercises are also taught to develop self-confidence and concentration. Kids are allowed to freely express their individuality while learning about the basic yoga principles of respect for self and others. Please Note: If your child has special needs, a parent or paraprofessional must accompany child in class.

Restorative Yoga
In this slow flow class we will move at a slow and leisurely pace into poses that are fully supported blankets, blocks, bolsters, and other props; a perfect mid-day and mid-week counterbalance to the stresses of the workweek and everyday life. Postures are held for several minutes at a time to allow you to drop with ease into a place of deep contentment. This class will recharge your energy tank, bringing balance to the body and peace to your mind. Note: This class is appropriate for all levels, including absolute beginners!

Teens Yoga
Teens Yoga is a yoga practice designed for teens ages 12-17. Every class is offered in a fun, safe and welcoming environment for teenagers of all experience levels to open up and experience the amazing benefits of yoga. During the practice, teens are guided through yoga postures, breath work and meditation with a focus on helping them increase self-awareness and connect with their own inner wisdom during the ever-changing and challenging teenage years.

Wake Up Yoga
Get your day started off the best way possible with an early morning yoga class! Wake Up Yoga is a one-hour class that will fit perfectly into your busy schedule, while still providing a full spectrum yoga experience that you’ll enjoy throughout your day. You begin with a centering and then move, stretch and strengthen through warm-ups, yoga asanas, pranayama and guided relaxation. You’ll not only be energized but also calmly focused for the day ahead.

Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine through seated postures that are held in stillness for several minutes at a time. A perfect complement to more yang styles of exercise (such as vinyasa flow yoga, running, or biking), Yin Yoga addresses the restrictions and tightening of the joints and connective tissue through modified poses that are equally challenging for the mind as they are for the body. The result is not only more lubricated, flexible joints, but also a greater sense of balance, peace, and calm. Note: This class is best suited for those with a few months of regular yoga practice.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is a healing modality provided by a certified yoga therapist who applies the principals of yoga to the individual. Unlike a group yoga class, a yoga therapy session is structured to the needs and abilities of a single student by a certified yoga therapist (CYT). Learn more